Reports of knife crime and similar sharp instrument incidents are increasing. Keeping yourself safe must always be the priority when assisting someone with such an injury.
Call 111 and provide as much detail as possible. Ensure that you are safe and that you are not in any danger before administering any first aid. Remember to apply universal precautions.
Check the area of the stab wound. If the object is still in place DO NOT remove it, as it is likely to be controlling bleeding. Apply direct pressure on either side of the object.
If the injured person becomes unconscious but continues breathing normally, place them on their side, with the wound side up, and keep applying pressure to the wound.
Stay with the injured person and reassure them and treat them for shock until help arrives.
Where there is a likely crime scene, try to preserve evidence, only move things to administer life-saving care. Wear gloves if possible.
Tomorrow, we will continue to look at updates in First Aid courses….
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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